Apocalypse Explained (Tansley translation)

This is a translation of: Apocalypsis Explicata, by Emanuel Swedenborg

The original work was not published by its author.

Translated into English by Isaiah Tansley


The "Apocalypse", or the "Book of Revelation", has been a puzzle to Christians ever since it was written. It seems hard to believe that the events described are literal ones but at the same time the stories seem to contain important messages for us. In "Apocalypse Explained" (a multi-volume effort that was never published by the author), Swedenborg works his way through the "Book of Revelation" explaining its inner meaning and drawing in many other scripture references. This work was written from 1757-1759, and was not quite finished. Later, in 1766, Swedenborg edited, condensed and reworked this material, and published it in a work entitled "Apocalypse Revealed".

Created or translated by: Isaiah Tansley

Date of creation: 1952

Credit: Thanks to the Swedenborg Society for the permission to use this translation.

Copyright: Swedenborg Society

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License: Used with permission - see terms

Obtained from: http://swedenborg.org.uk

Publication data:

Published: 1952 in London, England by Swedenborg Society

Suggested Citation:

Apocalypse Explained. [Written in 1758-1759, not published by the author.] Translated by Isaiah Tansley. London, England: Swedenborg Society, 1952. Retrieved from: newchristianbiblestudy.org